Join your fellow SF Bay Area alumni on Wednesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. PT for a virtual presentation by author, Oberlin parent, Columbia University professor, and San Francisco native Lincoln Mitchell P'21 on the subject of his book, San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock and a Third Place Baseball Team.
Our hour-long program will include video, newspaper headlines, and other media to explore the main themes in the book as well as time for questions and discussion.
In his book San Francisco Year Zero, Mitchell traces the roots of today’s San Francisco back to 1978, when three key events occurred: the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk occurring fewer than two weeks after the massacre of Peoples Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana, the explosion of the city’s punk rock scene, and a breakthrough season for the San Francisco Giants.
Through these three strands, he explores the rifts between the city’s pro-business and progressive-left politicians, the emergence of Dianne Feinstein as a political powerhouse, the increasing prominence of the city’s LGBT community, punk’s reinvigoration of the Bay Area’s radical cultural politics, and the ways that the Giants helped unify one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the nation.
Written from a unique insider’s perspective, San Francisco Year Zero deftly weaves together the personal and the political, putting a human face on the social upheavals that transformed a city.
It promises to be a fascinating discussion of politics, music, and baseball during the year that forged today’s San Francisco.